Oscar Somersalo

Oscar Somersalo

Oscar Somersalo: An International Virtuoso Bridging the Classical Guitar Repertoire with Innovative New Compositions

Oscar Somersalo is a distinguished guitar maestro celebrated for his spellbinding performances across Europe and America. With a history of commanding stages with prestigious orchestras like the Finnish Radio Symphony and the Panama National Symphony, Oscar’s artistic prowess transcends borders.

Crowned champion at renowned contests like the ECU Guitar Competition and the Appalachian GuitarFest Solo Guitar Competition, his reputation as an award-winning artist is globally recognized. Further, his runner-up achievement at the International Guitar Competition “Ciudad de Llerena” in Spain and his recognition as the young soloist with the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra underscore his virtuosity.

Notably, Oscar’s music resonates at coveted festivals like the Kauhava Chamber Music Festival, Tuscia Guitar festival, and Panama Guitar Festival. Here, he brings to life an expansive repertoire that harmonizes timeless classics and groundbreaking contemporary pieces, as a solo artist, and masterclass instructor.

A musical chameleon, Oscar’s concerts breathe new life into beloved classics like Bach’s Partita No. 2 and illuminate the canvas of innovation with premieres of pieces like Scott Lee’s “To build a House.” His artistic range further extends to captivating duo performances with flutes, pianos, and other guitars, as well as larger ensembles. His rare appearances with the Peabody Symphony Orchestra in Baltimore, performing iconic compositions such as Mahler’s 7th Symphony, attest to his versatility and keen understanding of orchestral music.

Aside from his mastery of the guitar, Oscar is also an accomplished cellist, demonstrating his profound musicality and diverse talent. He is an alumnus of the distinguished Peabody Conservatory and Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, where he trained under the tutelage of international virtuoso Manuel Barrueco. His degrees in Music validate his seasoned expertise, affirming his position as one of today’s leading figures in the classical guitar landscape.